The hinge allows the pad to be wrapped around sharp bends. It also means that the pad can be doubled up quickly in an emergency when your mate suddenly decides that s/he wants to make a controlled jump down from a highball problem.
The Highball is slightly smaller than the Dyno pad, which makes for a lighter carry (a mere 5.4kgs). The neat size also means it is easy to carry between the boulders and fits well into car boots.
The slight reduction in landing zone area is more than made up for by the extra thickness of the pad – if you are venturing on higher problems then this is definitely the pad to get.
Like all of our bouldering pads, the Highball is very tough and durable. It has Ballistic Cordura on the base, 1000d Cordura on the top and Plastel on the closure flaps.
The heart of the mat is a thick layer of open cell foam sandwiched between two high density foam layers which give a good even distribution, even when falling on uneven or rocky ground.
An overview of the features and benefits of the Highball bouldering mat.
The DMM highball combines a bombproof construction consisting of ultra-durable Cordura outer with a robust closure system and flexible transport options with a novel three-layered foam system that spreads the impact, even on the worst of landing areas.
If you’re looking to invest a bit of money in a very well made hinged pad then you won’t go far wrong with the Highball. For my money this is the perfect size for a bouldering mat – small enough to be used for circuit bouldering and yet big enough to cover a good area of ground when going for highball numbers.
Impressive, robust and easily portable hinged style mat.